The GOP Establishment is moving at warp speed to reload itself to attract a more liberal voter than what was once considered its base.
The term “libertarian” is being bandied about, but perhaps “liberal-tarian” is more accurate.
Establishment Republicans don’t want to appear liberal. Seeming openly socialist is the last thing they want – at least until the 2014 midterm results are tallied.
That’s why so many warm to libertarianism, at least on social issues like gay marriage and drug legalization, where they feel they can woo away Obama voters.
They fear the president’s two victories presage a post- modern, Roosevelt-style coalition that will have Democrats in the White House for generations.
The irony is while socially liberal, libertarians are frighteningly anti-government by progressive and even mainstream conservative standards. They make Newt Gingrich and Paul Ryan look like Hippies on fiscal matters.
I guess the Republican establishment wants liberal-tarian street cred on social issues while stuffing the more fiscally unpleasant aspects of libertarianism in their proverbial back pockets.
How or if this 21st Century version of 1960s fusionism (traditionalism plus laissez-faire economics) can happen is a magic trick to test the legerdemain of David Copperfield.
What worries GOP purists and pragmatists alike is whether an internet edition of Roosevelt-era “Me Too” Republicanism will save a nation they feel has abandoned all that made it great.
In their minds (mine included) is the sinking suspicion that the GOP has morphed from meaning “Grand Old Party” to “Genuflecting Ourselves Party,” before the altar of political expediency.
(Originally published in The Bold Pursuit)
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Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012 and an abortion opponent, said Thursday that anti-abortion activists should try to build a broad coalition and find common ground with supporters of abortion rights as a way to advance their agenda.
Ryan, R-Wis., said in a speech to the Susan B. Anthony List that those who oppose abortion “need to work with people who consider themselves pro-choice — because our task isn’t to purge our ranks. It’s to grow them.”
“We don’t want a country where abortion is simply outlawed. We want a country where it isn’t even considered,” he said.
Ryan told the organization that seeks to elect women who oppose abortion rights that “labels can be misleading.” He pointed to former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, whose 2010 election in Massachusetts nearly derailed President Barack Obama’s health care law. Brown supports abortion rights. In contrast, Ryan told the group that former Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, who opposed abortion, “delivered the votes that passed it into law.”
Many opponents of abortion disagreed with the health care overhaul because it requires most employers to cover birth control free of charge to female workers as a preventative service. The law exempted churches and other houses of worship.
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There are many successful liberals, so why do so many of them wish to subsidize failure for the poor instead of showing them how to succeed? Is it because they need the poor and downtrodden to remain that way so that they can get the victims to vote the way they want them to? Once the insidious specter of welfare is introduced, many people on the cusp of poverty are encouraged to stay there so they can keep on collecting the benefits that can amount to more than $80,000 in some cases. Not bad if you can get it.
Dr. Ben Carson is one example of someone who pulled himself out of poverty. Dr. Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., is enjoying a surprising celebrity status unrelated to his profession for speaking his mind at a public forum. He simply said that individuals and the nation might succeed if more Americans were less dependent on government assistance. He made that statement at the nation’s recent Prayer Breakfast with President Obama sitting to his left. The president was not happy with his comments. But since Dr. Carson did not have a teleprompter or prepared script, he could not submit his talking points to Obama’s secretaries before the breakfast. He simply told them he would give a short speech and compose it as he spoke. And that is what he did.
Dr. Carson, who is African-American, has been denounced as insufficiently black because he won’t toe the liberal line when it comes to big government and the implication that the poor (and the African-American voting bloc who fall below the poverty line) cannot succeed without it. The fact that many have not succeeded with government (and in some cases, the government is actually responsible for their continuing poverty and misery) has apparently escaped the notice of his critics, many of whom appeared on the Nanny Press and Obama-supporting stations over the weekend. Chris Matthews went on such a tirade I thought he was going to have a stroke. Unfortunately, God did not think it was his time.
Speaking with Megyn Kelly on Fox News’ “America Live” last week, Dr. Carson addressed some of the slurs tossed at him, saying they are what you might expect to hear “on a third grade playground.” It is the type of rhetoric that bullies use to keep you quiet. Dr. Carson appealed to his detractors to “move beyond” such rhetoric and “have a real discussion about the real facts. If somebody disagrees, let’s talk about why they disagree, let’s talk about the pros and cons, let’s see if we can find some accommodation.” That is how this earnest and thoughtful man put it. Of course, the simple logic was lost on the narcissistic, left-leaning socialists.
That is precisely what the left does not want to do because to have such a discussion would expose liberalism’s failure to solve the problems of poverty and education — to cite just two examples — through government. The school systems that have been given the most federal funding have among the lowest test scores in the nation. Many who graduate public school from the eighth grade can’t read or write clearly. They spell at a third grade level. What is the liberal answer to that? Give them more money and dumb down the textbooks. In other words, liberal socialists know that if they keep the populace illiterate, they will be able to control whatever they do.
MSNBC’s Toure Monday has called Dr. Carson a token “black friend” to the Republican Party. I watched many of his interviews because I like the way he puts things, and I don’t recall Dr. Carson ever saying he belongs to the Republican Party. He did say that he has independent thoughts, and that is what drives the liberal left nuts. Even so, labels should not define the man. What Dr. Carson is saying and what he represents should be the beginning of any discussion on what he is trying to say and do.
Liberals want to silence people of conscience and will use any means to do it. In Dr. Carson’s case, they branded him an Uncle Tom, thinking they could intimidate him to act like one. They were wrong. Dr. Carson is an eloquent speaker who uses logic like a scapel. He cuts the heart out of the liberal left argument quietly and efficiently.
Dr. Carson dismissed one suggestion he might be an “Uncle Tom” this way: “Well, obviously they don’t know what an Uncle Tom is because they need to read Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin.’ You’ll see that he was very, very subservient, kind of go along to get along type of person. Obviously, that’s not what I’m doing.”
No, Dr. Carson, you certainly are not an Uncle Tom by any stretch of the imagination. You are more like Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character in the movie “Men of Honor”. It is fitting that Cuba Gooding Jr. portrayed Dr. Carson in the movie “Gifted Hands”.
It is fitting that the conservative movement in America is looking to men like Dr. Ben Carson to quietly and eloquently make their cogent points to the average American voter. With him up front with heroes like Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Gowdy, Senator Ted Cruz, and Congressman Paul Ryan, I think we have a really good chance of taking back America from the Secular Progressive Socialists.
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After I watched what might have been the last hope for a gasping America collapse last election eve, I knew that my worst fears for this nation had been realized: Mob rule had ultimately been established via the voting booth. A league of mindless dummies, who feed on media pablum the way cattle do at a trough, had been taken out of storage and mobilized long enough to reinstall the media’s chosen candidate. Obama floated back into office resting on a sea of false laurels, empty promises and promotion generated from amongst the highest priests of Hollywood’s most popular puppets. That and shamelessly obvious ballot rigging put the serious hurt on any opportunity for conservatism and reason to find an equal voice outside the ranks of its own.
But what followed the next morning was even more appalling. I began to hear ‘Republicans’ actually ridiculing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for what they had represented. Since the two had lost, people who had just the day before been ardent supporters were now distancing themselves from the two lepers who stood to infect them politically. I was amazed at the shallowness of such fair-weather ‘team members.’ But I was even more amazed when the GOP began issuing apologies to liberal America for having so excluded the ‘valuable and noteworthy’ priorities of so many progressive thinkers who want socialized pampering, gay marriage and drive-through abortions. Incredibly, with hat in hand, the Republican Party genuflected before a pack of dogs in trying to secure some future opportunity to garner their affection (votes). It was shameful and downright weird. It was the beginning of the manifestation of the crowd of impostors we now call ‘RINOs’ (Republicans in Name Only).
But their actions had nothing to do with the real ‘Grand Old Party.’ No, it is becoming nauseatingly clear that their compromise is wholly unrelated to a regard for the welfare of our nation or any preservation of its sanity. It is entirely about a group of selfish men and women who are looking to make the world safe for themselves with job security in a climate of trendy electability. To call these people ‘politicians’ insults even the legacies of ‘Boss Tweed,’ Huey Long, Rahm Emanuel and PT Barnum. But they have done us a favor by showing us their true colors. “When a man shows you what he is, believe him.”
Of course I voted for Romney and Ryan – but, for the life of me, I could not understand how in the world we expected to win with those two AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME IN HISTORY. Make no mistake about it, I totally admire the qualities of both men and believe that their clear vision for the needs of our dying country would have been the healing elixir that we absolutely needed. Nevertheless, my most rudimentary marketing sense made me wonder why we would run the 1967 version of Batman and Robin against Obama. The ‘cool’ Barach was already expertly dialed in to the throngs of people who resented everything Romney and Ryan stood for. Given that the pundits and mentors of the left are now rocket scientists like Oprah, Snoop Dogg, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and a host of movie celebrities, rock stars and nighttime talkshow hosts, what sort of merchandise do you THINK Comedy Central or David Letterman would make of the fumbling elephant and its “two white guys in suits?” Again, I AM NOT knocking anything about the impeccable and superlative characters and savvy of Romney and Ryan. I am just left aghast at the timing of that choice. In 2012 it couldn’t work, and that SHOULD have been seen UPFRONT. As I am writing this, we still have an untapped and abundant source of very hip women, Black and Hispanic possible candidates -REAL CONSERVATIVES – who could have done the presidency blindfolded and standing on their heads while very gracefully saving our country from the deliberate ravages of a charlatan Obama. Thinking along those lines would’ve been nothing more than good stewardship in preserving the values we hold so dear.
So, as America is SO CLOSE to going down for the last time, let us pray for emerging leadership that will put our remedy in packaging that will tenaciously appeal not only to us inhouse but also to the new capricious mindset of much of America. The voters in that new plurality have abundantly shown that they lack the sense to think for themselves or to discern what is best for the lasting welfare of our nation. If the democrats can achieve the results they do by so spoon-feeding their constituency with minced words and sleight-of-hand, we can, WITHOUT CONCESSION, certainly do better in the legitimate promotion of good things made more tantalizing to that same audience. And, as for the ‘GOP’ that is in fact no GOP, let them go ahead as turncoats shooting themselves in the feet. They have in their self-serving avarice forgotten that along with compromise comes impotence. As the newly emerging Right redoubles its effort in reclaiming and repairing the United States of America, the counterfeits will be left to themselves, exposed and unemployed. In the meantime, we must remember that the same sincerity and resolve that gave us this great nation will, with God’s blessing on our best efforts, bring it back to its feet.